Most of our readers have been at Drexel long enough to know that it takes a really bad winter storm for administrators to even consider canceling classes. In fact, we can only recall one time that night classes were cancelled during the past few winters. This week's storm, although it lacked significant snow accumulation, was still a bad winter storm.
Although I may be pointing out the obvious, and you're planning to slap me like an old abusive grandmother if I even think of mentioning it, but next Friday, Feb. 23, is my birthday. I will be turning 19, one of the more useless years in a person's life. At that age (I assume), you're too old to feel proud of being able to legally buy cigarettes, but you're not old enough to be proud of buying alcohol without needing a fake ID.
Some oppose intelligent design because it doesn't explain who designed the intelligent designer. It's a metaphysical objection. It demands an answer that scientific observation, analysis and experimentation cannot provide. It presupposes that the Intelligent Designer was designed or had to be designed, and that it was designed by a "who" - some person or sentient being.
I'm not particularly fond of the city. It's too loud and crowded, there are too few plants, and the mayor's genius plan to tackle a rising murder rate was to introduce an anti-smoking bill that prevents the populace from lighting up in public places whose owners don't have enough money to get around the ban.
In a previous column, I pointed out an important difference between universities and for-profit businesses. Here is another: Universities rely much more on a labor force whose sanity is questionable.
Editor: Aaron Sakulich erred in his commentary by implying that Uri Geller needed specially made spoons to do his tricks ("Uri Geller: Con artist," Jan. 19, 2007). He can perform the bending stunt with almost any spoon, though he needs to "get to" those spoons that will end up being broken.
I have an internship with a local coroner's office. At 7 every morning, we begin post-mortem examinations on a range of cases: homicide, suicide, accidental and the unexplained. Once we complete the autopsy, we determine the cause and manner of death. The unfortunate truth: The majority of cases are related in some way to drug use or the adverse effects of drugs.
Philadelphia's new paraphernalia ban defines a wide spectrum of otherwise lawful products that can potentially be used illegally. Although most of the items included in the bill can be and are used for lawful purposes, business owners are going to be held responsible for individuals' choice in how they use those products.